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Water Conservation - Frequently Asked Questions

 

What days and times can I water?

When does the lawn watering schedule go into effect?

When do the lawn watering restrictions end?

I live outside the City limits. Am I supposed to follow the lawn-watering restrictions?

I live in a mobile home park...how do I find my watering days?

Can I hand water more frequently than two days a week?

I can't program my irrigation clock to water on specific days.

How long should I set the run times on my sprinkler?

I just planted a new lawn. Can I get an exemption from the watering restrictions?

I irrigate with well water. Do I need to follow the lawn watering schedule?

Can I wash my car?

What is considered wasting water?

What are other communities doing?

What else can I do to conserve water?

 

What days and times can I water?

1) Voluntary lawn-watering restrictions allow watering on two designated days a week according to the following schedule:

Customers
Watering Days
Residential even numbered address (single family and duplexes)
Sunday and Thursday
Residential odd numbered address (single family and duplexes)
Wednesday and Saturday
Non-residential (commercial, multifamily, HOA, other)
Tuesday and Friday

2) No lawn watering on Monday
3) No lawn watering between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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When does the lawn watering schedule go into effect?

The voluntary lawn watering schedule is in effect now.

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When do the lawn watering restrictions end?

The voluntary restrictions are in effect until further notice.

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I live outside the City limits. Am I supposed to follow the lawn-watering restrictions?

If you receive water service from the City of Longmont, please comply with the restrictions.

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I live in a mobile home park. Should I use the park address or my space number to determine my watering days?

Mobile home park residents should use their space number rather the address of the mobile home park.

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Can I hand water more frequently than two days a week?

Yes. Watering flowers, trees, shrubs, gardens and dry spots in lawns with a hand-held hose or a watering can is permitted as needed as long as water waste is not occurring. It is recommended that the hose be fitted with a hand-activated shutoff nozzle. Drip irrigation may be used to water flowers, trees, shrubs and gardens. The system should use not use more than 6-10 gph, no popups are allowed.

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I can't program my irrigation clock to water on specific days.

Check the manual for your irrigation controller. Many controllers default to an every two, three or four days, but have customized options or program options A, B, C that allow you to program specific days.
You also have the options of setting your clock for one day a week and operating it manually the other day or purchasing a new controller.

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How long should I set the run times on my sprinkler?

There are currently no restrictions on run times. Every lawn and sprinkler system is different. We recommend not exceeding 20 minutes per irrigation zone for spray heads or 30 minutes per irrigation zone for rotor heads. Multiple start times (or cycle irrigation) is also recommended to reduce runoff and encourage deep root growth. See our cycle irrigation page for more information.

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I just planted a new lawn. Can I get an exemption from the watering restrictions?

The restrictions are voluntary, you may plant and water a new lawn as necessary to get it established. No permit is necessary.

More information on lawn care and impacts on the environment available on-line.

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I irrigate with well water. Do I need to follow the lawn watering schedule?

No. The lawn watering restrictions apply to treated water supplied by the City of Longmont. If you irrigate with ditch or well water, post a sign in a location visible from the street.

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Can I wash my car?

Yes. But, don't let the hose run. Instead, wet the car thoroughly, then turn off the hose while you swab the car with soapy water from a bucket. Use the hose again for a final rinse. A trigger nozzle is best because it turns off automatically.

More information on car care is available on-line.

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What is considered wasting water?

Wasting water is the use of water which results in water being utilized in a wasteful or inefficient manner, and serving no beneficial use. Water waste includes allowing water intended for irrigation to pool or to run off onto streets and sidewalks or into drainage facilities; failure to shut off or repair a leaking irrigation system within 24 hours; letting water run unrestricted from a hose or faucet to drainage.

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What are other communities doing?

Every community is responding to their own water supply needs. To access other city web sites go to www.colorado.gov Colorado Communities Page.

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What else can I do to conserve water?

There are three main ways to save water inside your home:
1. Check for and repair leaks.
· Check every faucet for leaks. A single dripping faucet can waste more water in a single day than one person needs for drinking in an entire week.
· Check your toilet for "silent" leaks. Put ten drops of food coloring in the tank. Don't flush for 15 minutes. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking.

2. Install water-saving devices.
· All homes built after 1996 have low-flow fixtures.
· Install aerators in all your faucets.
· Install a low-flow showerhead using 2.5 gallons per minute or less.
· Consider replacing your toilet with a 1.6 gallon per flush toilet. Or install a displacement device in your toilet tank. Do NOT use bricks. They will disintegrate and cause damage to your toilet. (See the October 2002 issue of Consumer Reports for an evaluation of 1.6 gallon toilets.)

Toilet Rebates available- more information on-line.

3. Change your habits to use less water.
· Take shorter showers.
· Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and/or shaving.
· Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
· Save the water used in cooking pasta or vegetables to water your plants.
· Keep a jug of water in the refrigerator instead of waiting for tap water to turn cold.
· Only wash full loads in your dishwasher. It's not necessary to pre-rinse before loading dishes.
· Select the appropriate water level for the size of you load of laundry.
· Use a basin or pail instead of running water when cleaning.

Over 50% of water consumption is used outdoors, so it provides the greatest potential to reduce consumption.

· Avoid watering between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m..
· Adjust irrigation heads to avoid over spray onto sidewalks and streets.
· Adjust your irrigation controller at least once a month to account for changes in weather.
· Consider installing a rain shutoff device. At the very least, don't water when it's raining.
· Water deeply for deep root growth. Watering in short cycles, with an hour in between cycles, allows water to soak into the soil and reduce runoff.
· Mow your lawn to 2-1/2 to 3 inches and mow only 1/3 of the blade length at a time.
· Select sprinklers that water evenly, in a low pattern, and that have large droplets.
· Use a broom to clean decks, patios, and driveways.
· Wash your car with soapy water from a bucket. Only use the hose to rinse.

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This site was updated August 16, 2013
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